2011 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 15!

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**Siesta Celebration is January 20-21, 2012**

Hey, Sweet Things!

Finally, August 1st! I’m always so glad to see it come so that it can GO. But it’s not just the end of a long, hot summer for everybody. It’s also the last couple of weeks of summer vacation. Those of you with school-age children will soon find yourself back in carpool lines and going over spelling words. In just a couple of weeks, Jackson will start kindergarten and will catch our whole family by surprise even though we’ve known it was coming for five and a half years. We just cannot fathom it. We have a picture framed in our bedroom that I see everyday with Keith and I cuddling him between us when he was just a few hours old, and we brand-spanking-new grandparents are kissing over his head. Something was reborn in that couple of 25+ years that day. Our interests have always tended to be different and were getting increasingly so, but, that cold February afternoon in Dallas, Texas, we somersaulted right back into one another and tumbled into a well of love with a seven pound man-child.

Keith and I got to have Jackson and Annabeth Friday night while Curtis and Amanda went to dinner and a movie. They’d been gone for 10 days to Wyoming and, even though we’d seen them at a Mexican food restaurant the day they got home, we’d not had them to ourselves yet. We made a date right away. They delight us to no end and cause us to laugh until our sides split. Don’t get the idea there’s no work involved but investments don’t get better than this one. We have real, live conversation over dinner these days and, when you’re grandparents, not a single word gets wasted on you. All of it’s solid gold. Jackson told us at the dinner table Friday night while stuffing a piece of warm French bread into his mouth that butter is his “temptutation.” And, sure enough, it was dripping off of his chin and looked so good that we all shared that same temptutation and gave right on in to it.

We have an empty room in our house right now because we wanted Melissa and Colin to have her bedroom furniture and it’s turned into the perfect playroom. Nothing like an empty room to fire up the imagination. Jackson and I built an obstacle course Friday night that ended with a dizzying spin in my swiveling desk chair. It was so much fun. Amanda and Curtis walked through the door at 10:15 and we were all four still up in the kitchen, Paw Paw popping popcorn on the stove. It’s so good to have the Jones’s home. Melissa and Colin have been out of town for a week, too, and I can hardly wait to get my hands on them. They’re flying home from California this very moment. Most of the time they were out of cell phone range so we’ll have plenty to catch up on.

On to the business at hand! Our year is flying by! It’s time to check in with our fifteenth verses for our Siesta Scripture Memory Team. For some reason I’ve seen the word “gentleness” turn up a number of times in my Scripture reading lately so I’ve decided to choose a memory verse that makes especially important use of it. Here goes:

Beth, Houston. “Brothers and sisters, if a person is discovered in some sin, you who are spiritual restore such a person in a spirit of gentleness. Pay close attention to yourselves, so that you are not tempted too.” Galatians 6:1 The NET Bible

Restoration is one of the most powerful, intentional works of the Cross of Christ. Let’s never refuse anyone his or her right to be restored. Here’s to a little gentleness in a harsh world. Everyone could use some.

Stay in the Word, Siestas! You are so loved here!


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  1. 2601
    Amy Fitzwater says:

    “One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving.”
    Psalm 62:11 NIV

  2. 2602
    Abbie says:

    Abbie – Franklin,TN

    “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no partiality and is always sincere.”
    James 3:17 (NLT)

  3. 2603

    Abi, Apopka: “LORD, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments.” Nehemiah 1:5 NIV

  4. 2604
    Kelly says:

    Kelly, Huntsville

    “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28

  5. 2605
    Brenda, Derby, KS says:

    Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of scipture came about by the prophets own interpretation.
    II Peter 1:20 (NIV)

  6. 2606
    Sharon says:

    Sharon – Glennville, GA

    May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us;
    establish the work of our hands for us —
    yes, establish the work of our hands.

    Psalm 34:5

  7. 2607

    Marla, Columbus OH
    Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?
    James 2:5, ESV

  8. 2608
    Paula says:

    Paula – Arvada
    You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good…..
    Genesis 50:20a NIV

  9. 2609
    Melodie says:

    Melodie, Orlando
    MSG, Philippians 4:4-5
    Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!

  10. 2610

    Late entry, Christine Lissoy, Irvine CA: “Indeed the protector of Israel does not slumber or sleep.” Psalm 121:4 (NIV)

  11. 2611
    Jessica says:

    Jessica, Toronto
    “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
    2 Corinthians 4:7 (NIV)

  12. 2612
    Colleen says:

    Colleen – O’Fallon, IL
    I will instruct you in the way you should go; I will guide you with my eye.
    Psalm 32:8 (NKJV)

  13. 2613
    Marcia says:

    Proverbs 22:1
    A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.

    Marcia, Vancouver, WA

  14. 2614
    Susan says:

    The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;

    Lamentations 3:25


  15. 2615

    Tonya, Searcy, AR
    Hosea 6:6 (NCV)
    “I want faithful love more than I want animal sacrifices. I want people to know me more than I want burnt offerings.”

  16. 2616
    Stephanie says:

    Stephanie, Lititz, PA ““Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?”” Jeremiah 23:29 NIV

  17. 2617
    Barbara says:

    Barbara, Arcadia, CA

    Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12 NIV

  18. 2618
    Sam v. says:

    “For the Lord will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.”

    Proverbs 3:26
    Sam v.
    Woodstock, VT

  19. 2619
    Sara says:

    Sara Springfield Mo
    Ephesians 5:22 KJV
    Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

  20. 2620
    Janell Urban says:

    “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and the two shall become one flesh. This is a profound mystery-but I am talking about Christ and the church” Ephesians 5:31-32 (NIV)

    Janell Urban Clovis, NM

  21. 2621
    Angela says:

    Angela, Maui. “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable ~ if anything is excellent or praiseworthy ~ think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

  22. 2622
    RaeLeen Bustin says:

    RaeLeen – Greenwood,IN

    I will instruct you in the way you should go;I will guide you with my eye.

    PS 32:8 (NKJV)

  23. 2623
    Pam says:

    Pam, DeLeon Springs, Florida

    “Brothers and sisters, if a person is discovered in some sin, you who are spiritual restore such a person in a spirit of gentleness. Pay close attention to yourselves, so that you are not tempted too.”

    Galatians 6:1 The NET Bible

  24. 2624
    Alexis R says:

    Alexis R
    Atlanta, Ga

    Ephesians 3:12 (NLT)
    Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come fearlessly into God’s presence, assured of his glad welcome.

  25. 2625
    Lisa says:

    Lisa Corbin,Ky Psalm 16:11 ESV
    You make known to me the path of life
    In Your presence there is fullness of joy.
    At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

  26. 2626
    Katie says:

    King George, VA

    Philippians 2:14 NIV

    Do everything without complaining or arguing

  27. 2627
    Karin says:

    Karin from Brandon, MS
    “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Eph. 2:10, ESV

  28. 2628
    Kathy French says:

    Kathy, Austin
    “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me and for the gospel will save it.” Mark 8:34b-35

  29. 2629
    Dawn says:

    Dawn – Menomonee Falls, WI

    Matthew 10:16 NIV

    “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”

  30. 2630
    Beth Schwartz says:

    Beth Lititz, PA

    Ephesians 3:12 (NLT)
    Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come fearlessly into God’s presence, assured of his glad welcome.

  31. 2631
    Karen says:

    Karen, Dallas, TX:
    Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions. He has lost connection with the Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.
    Colossians 2:18-19, NIV (1984)

  32. 2632
    Jodi says:

    looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

    Jodi Zagreb

  33. 2633
    Diann says:

    Diann, Woodburn, IN

    “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:9-10 (NIV)

  34. 2634
    Susan B. says:

    Susan B. – Chapin, SC
    Psalm 62:8 ESV
    Trust in him at all times, O people;
    pour out your heart before him;
    God is a refuge for us.

  35. 2635

    Kathryn – Atmore, AL – “Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder.” Romans 12:12 (The Message)

  36. 2636
    Lisa Ray says:

    Lisa, Simsboro, LA
    “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15

  37. 2637
    Melissa says:

    Melissa, Waco 1Timothy4:12, NIV “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”

  38. 2638
    Joyce says:

    Dalton, GA
    Pray without ceasing. I Thess. 5:17 NKJV

  39. 2639
    Katie Enlow says:

    Katie Enlow-Paducah, KY 2 Timothy 2:21 (NLT)
    If you keep yourself pure, you will be a utensil God can use for his purpose. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.

  40. 2640
    Deanna says:

    Deanna, Maytown AL
    Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12 ESV

  41. 2641
    Jeannie says:

    Phil. 4:13

    “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”

  42. 2642
    Becky says:

    Becky – Tacoma, WA Galatians 5:22 NIV “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

  43. 2643
    DLynn Miracle says:

    DLynn; Amarillo
    1 John 3:2-3 (NIV)
    2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
    3 Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.

  44. 2644
    Sherri says:

    “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” Ephesians 6:10 KJV

  45. 2645
    Heather says:

    Heather, Sedalia, Alberta
    “A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.” Proverbs 29:11, NIV

  46. 2646
    Lisa (Snow) Metzger says:

    If you forgive people of their wrong doing your heavenly Father will forgive you as well. Matthew 6:14

  47. 2647
    Debbie says:

    Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.

    Galatians 6:1 NIV

    Debbie Portland, OR

  48. 2648
    Sandra says:

    I will sing of your love and justice; to you O lord, I will sing praise. Psalm 101

  49. 2649
    Marta Roper says:

    Southlake, TX

    July 15
    The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.
    Psalm 28:7 NIV

    August 1
    Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith,
    Hebrews 12:2a NIV

  50. 2650
    Vicki says:

    Vicki, Corpus Christi, Texas
    Psalm 73:25-26 (NIV) Whom have I in Heaven but You?
    and there is none upon Earth that I desire besides You.
    My flesh and heart fail; but God is the strength
    of my heart and my portion.

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